'Nothing to it,' Tie says

IAN ROBERTSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

Former Leafs enforcer Tie Domi was all smiles yesterday after his son's hockey team scored a victory in a playoff game at an arena where he was accused of rink rage.

In a walkway far above spectators at the Herb Carnegie Centennial Arena, the head of the Greater Toronto Hockey League said he has no reason to investigate Domi's behaviour.

"If we get a complaint, then we'll act," John Gardner told reporters.

"But we've had no calls from anyone."

Gardner said the league receives about 10 complaints a year arising from 15,000 games, and only three or four are substantiated.

"It doesn't matter if it's Tie Domi or not, or any other parent," he said.

RECEIVED CALLS

If a parent assaults anyone or acts in an extreme and unsettling way, Gardner said they could be banned for varying periods of time.

And a young player can be suspended if an unruly parent ignores a ruling to stay away from an arena.

The Sun received several calls from parents who accused Domi of confronting his son's minor peewee AAA coach, Lucas Miller, on Friday night after the Toronto Marlboros were beaten 2-0 by the Toronto Red Wings.

Callers claimed Domi was out of control, yelling profanities at Miller in front of young players and fans. Police called in later said they were given no evidence to lay charges.

"I talked to the coach and he said he couldn't understand what the fuss was all about," Gardner told the Sun.

"This time of the season, emotions get pretty high," he said. "My philosophy is the best reaction is no reaction."

Outside dressing room No. 1, Domi greeted son Max, 11, and signed autographs for young fans, while Miller declined to comment.

"The damage has already been done," said Miller, who has been asked by the league and the team to file a written report about the incident.

Domi told reporters claims of him swearing and confronting Miller with complaints about the amount of time Max was allowed to play were an exaggeration.

"It's an unfortunate thing but I'm sure, as everyone has told you, there's still nothing to it," he said.

Domi said "I was actually really shocked" after the Sun broke the story.

"But at the same time, I'm in the public eye and these type of things happen," he said. "It had nothing to do with my son's ice time ... but it's not something I really want to comment on because it's really nothing."

Especially proud of Max for setting up four assists, Domi said, "The main thing is they won."


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